With the rumored imminent retirement of Kobe Bryant, it looks like the Los Angeles Lakers are searching for ways to build an NBA team capable of withstanding the perceived loss. However, it seems that the squad keeps missing out on these opportunities. Adding to the string of would-be boosters of the Los Angeles Lakers is Steve Nash, who signed a deal with the Golden State Warriors following the announcement of his retirement.
Plagued with injuries in the previous NBA season, Steve Nash had been forced to hang his jersey and content himself as one of the main men in the background. Such was the role taken on by the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player in the Los Angeles Lakers in the past season. Due to his injuries, Steve Nash knew that he could no longer contribute to the NBA team by playing in the hardwood. To offset this situation, the NBA veteran opted to serve as the mentor of the young Los Angeles Lakers point guard, Jordan Clarkson.
As his contract with the Los Angeles Lakers reached its expiration, Steve Nash was immediately nabbed by the Golden State Warriors to basically serve as the mentor for the younger players in its NBA roster. According to the official press release regarding the entry of Steve Nash in the Stephen Curry- and Klay Thompson-led NBA team, the former Los Angeles Lakers will be serving as a part-time player development consultant. With this position, Steve Nash will be occasionally spotted in the sidelines during the games of the Golden State Warriors.
"Steve Nash was one of the best guards to ever play in this league and we are so happy to add him to our staff and have him working with our players," shared Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr. He went on to say, "Even though he possessed incredible individual skills and abilities, Steve always played the game with a team-first mentality, which is something that we emphasize greatly within our group. Steve and I have a great relationship from our time together in Phoenix while I was general manager, and we share a lot of beliefs about how the game should be played and about the work ethic that goes in to being great. I can't wait to work with him again and have him around our team."
Apart from the Los Angeles Lakers, reports claim that the Phoenix Suns also made an attempt in signing Steve Nash in their coaching staff this NBA season. As with the case with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Phoenix Suns were also not quick enough to bag the deal with Steve Nash as the Golden State Warriors practically blindsided everyone with the NBA team's quick decisions. Steve Nash spent the majority of his NBA career with the Phoenix Suns, but retired as a player for the Los Angeles Lakers. The eight-time NBA All-Star also played for the Dallas Mavericks during his 19-year stint in the NBA.